Infrastructure Bill Beneficiaries Index Continued To Advance Last Week

Last November, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law, allocating $1.2 trillion of spending with $578 billion of new spending over the next decade (see below) of which funding of over $110 billion of spending across 4,300+ projects has already been awarded, announced, or initiated.

U.S. Infrastructure Bill Spending Plans

In my June Update article (see here) I reported that none of the 12 constituents in the munKNEE Infrastructure Bill Beneficiaries Index (-17.5%) had advanced during the month but commented that "one would expect the constituents to advance in the months - and years - ahead, so now it might be the ideal time to do your own due diligence and decide on which, if any, companies you think have the best prospects going forward." The Index did just that in July with ALL constituents advancing by a collective +17.8% (see here) and they continued to advance in the first week of August with ALL constituents going UP another 4.4%, on average, led by ChargePoint Holdings that advanced by 17.5%.

Given the above, investors may want to consider investing in companies that generate a majority of their revenues from infrastructure-related business activities such as the constituents in the munKNEE Infrastructure Bill Beneficiaries Index as presented below, in descending order, for last week and in the past 5 weeks (i.e., the end of June):

Advances In Excess of 6% Last Week

  1. ChargePoint Holdings (CHPT): UP 17.5% this past week; UP 39.8% since the end of June
    • With the expected building of 250,00 customized charging stations CHPT should benefit considerably from their involvement.
  2. Deere & Company (DE): UP 7.2% this past week; UP 23.7% since the end of June
    • As a major producer of earthmoving and roadbuilding and forestry equipment DE should see an increased demand for its machinery.
  3. Caterpillar (CAT): UP 6.2% this past week; UP 11.7% since the end of June
    •  As the manufacturer of asphalt pavers, compactors, excavators, pipe layers, backhoes, etc., CAT will benefit from future major infrastructure projects.

Advances Between 4% and 6% Last Week

  1. Nucor (NUE): UP 4.6% this past week; UP 37.2% since the end of June
    • As the largest domestic steelmaker in North America, the pent-up demand from automakers and other industrial buyers should benefit NUE considerably going forward.
  2. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX): UP 4.5% this past week; UP 11.1% since the end of June
    • Given that 43% of all copper mined is used in building construction, with another 20% used in transportation equipment, FCX should be a major benefactor.
  3. United Rentals (URI): UP 4.1% this past week; UP 40.4% since the end of June
    • As the provider of specialty equipment specifically designed for underground work and fluid treatment URI should benefit from business generated by the infrastructure bill.
  4. Martin Marietta Materials (MLM): UP 4.0% this past week; UP 24.9% since the end of June
    • As a producer of crushed sand and gravel products, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt, paving products and services, dolomitic lime for the steel and mining industries, and chemical products for use in flame retardants, wastewater treatment and assorted environmental applications MLM should be a major beneficiary.

Advances Of Less Than 4% Last Week

  1. Vulcan Materials (VMC): UP 3.6% this past week; UP 25.5% since the end of June
    • As America's largest producer of construction aggregates such as crushed stone, sand and gravel, and a major producer of asphalt and cement VMC will benefit from future major infrastructure projects.
  2. Eaton Corp. (ETN): UP 2.5% this past week; UP 20.3% since the end of June
    • As a major supplier of electrical components and systems ETN should benefit from the integration of wind and solar farms into the national grid.
  3. Crown Castle International (CCI): UP 1.8% this past week; UP 6.3% since the end of June
    • As one of America's leading wireless tower real estate investment trusts, CCI should benefit from the expansion of mobile data usage.
  4. Brookfield Infrastructure Corporation (BIPC): UP 1.5% this past week; UP 13.0% since the end of June
    • With operations spanning utilities, transportation, energy, and even data infrastructure, BIPC should benefit enormously from business generated by the infrastructure bill.
  5. Oshkosh Corp. (OSK): UP 0.2% this past week; UP 2.6% since the end of June
    • As the manufacturer of specialty trucks used in heavy construction projects as well as cement mixers, truck mounted cranes, "cherry pickers" and other hydraulic lifting systems and being well placed to meet the demand for the electrification of the federal vehicle fleet OSK should prosper going forward.

Despite the Index being UP 22.7% in the last 5 weeks only 3 constituents are up YTD (the Index is still DOWN 6.8% YTD), suggesting that there is a lot of upside potential.

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